Can Johnson rebound from Kansas race?

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Jimmie Johnson stands by his car at Atlanta Motor Speedway in August. Johnson finished 40th, 87 laps down.

By Kenneth Ferguson
October 6, 2014


KANSAS CITY, Kan.— Before the lap 100 mark of the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway, Jimmie Johnson’s hopes of advancing to the Eliminator Round took a major hit.

Johnson collected damage on lap 84 when he and Greg Biffle spun, sending his toward the inside wall. He was checked out and released from the infield care center while his team worked on the car in the garage.

With the field being reduced to eight drivers after Talladega, Johnson may have to fall back on past performance at Charlotte Motor Speedway to ensure advancement to the next round of the post-season.

Johnson finished 40th, 87 laps down, and sits 12th in points with a 27 point deficit on the Chase cutoff.

Drivers have expressed their emphasis on winning either at Kansas or the following week in Charlotte to avoid having to rely on “The Great Equalizer” that is Talladega Superspeedway.

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Jimmie Johnson's team lifts the hood of his racecar at Kansas Speedway Sunday. Johnson sits 12th in points entering Charlotte.

Johnson can erase his Kansas race weekend with a win next week, and the numbers look good for the No. 48 team.

“Well … we’ve got to be on our game at Charlotte and Talladega,” Johnson said. “There’s still a lot of racing left, stuff can happen. We’ll see how other Chasers fare.”

In the last five races at Charlotte, Johnson has one pole, three top-ten finishes and a win in this year’s Coca-Cola 600.

After his Kansas wreck, does Johnson advance to the Eliminator Round?
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